Tyson Foods Cited by OSHA

OSHA proposed $121,720 in fines for alleged safety hazards at the company's Buffalo, N.Y. production plant.

OSHA announced it has cited Tyson Foods, Inc. for workplace safety hazards at its Buffalo, N.Y., product plant and proposed $121,720 in fines. The company, which produces chicken, beef, and pork products, was cited as part of OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Program and had been cited for similar hazards at facilities in three other states, according to the agency.

The cited hazards included allegedly failing to guard skylights and roof hatchway, failure to guard a press, failure to provide safety-related work practices to prevent electric shock and arc flash burns, and failure to provide workers with protective equipment when using energized equipment.

Allegedly recurring hazards included failure to document that refrigeration equipment complied with good engineering practices, failure to guard floor holes, and failure to maintain a sufficient workspace in front of electrical equipment. The recurring citations totaled $60,720 in fines.

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